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International Development Week

Date & Time:
February 6, 2017 - 8:30 am to February 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Join us for International Development Week 2017. International Development Week (IDW) is a Canada wide event, spearheaded by Global Affairs Canada as an opportunity to highlight the work of Canada's development community and the work of Canada in international development.

University of Calgary International has put together a schedule of events centered on international development and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of International Development Week 2017.

Activities during the week include workshops, speakers, films and panel discussions designed to bring together the University of Calgary and the broader Calgary community to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge around international development issues, as well as celebrate people and organizations who are making positive changes in their local communities and around the globe. All events are free of charge. See map of event locations

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Opening Ceremony

Date: Monday, February 6

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m

Place:  Alberta Room, Dining Centre, University of Calgary

The opening event will feature a keynote address by Janice Eisenhauer, ‎Executive Director at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, who will provide her reflection on the importance of the SDGs in the context of human rights and access to education. View poster


  • Welcome address: Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dru Marshall 
  • Opening remarks: Sandra Jansen,  MLA for Calgary-North West, Government of Alberta
  • Keynote address: Janice Eisenhauer, Executive Director at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
  • Closing remarks: Vice-Provost(International) Janaka Ruwanpura

Refreshments will be provided. Register for this event. 

Sustainable Development Goals in Focus

Date: Tuesday, February 7

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Place: Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a platform to respond to the most pressing world challenges. Governments, private organizations and civil society are called to advance the SDGs. How can the SDGs be effectively implemented, taking into account national priorities, capabilities and circumstances?

This event will examine the SDGs from different perspectives and will provide context around their implementation. Experts will discuss the impacts and obligations these goals bring to universities, industry, government and civil society during a panel discussion and focus groups. View poster


  • Kathryn White, President, United Nations Association in Canada
  • Shane M. Jaffer, Senior Director, AIDO, Government of Alberta
  • Millie Adam, Strategic Initiatives, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
  • Helle Bank Jørgensen (TBC), President, Global Compact Network Canada
  • Patrick Jones, Student, University of Calgary

Lunch will be provided. Register for this event

Sustainable Development Goals and Global Health

Date: Wednesday, February 8

Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Place: Heritage Medical Research Building Atrium, Foothills Campus, University of Calgary (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and MacEwan Centre

North Courtyard, Main Campus, University of Calgary (1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Join the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research UCalgary Student Chapter for an open discussion on global health.

Student engagement is encouraged throughout and there will be a discussion board for participants to write down topics or questions for discussion. No experience in global health is necessary. View poster

Please note: This is a two-part event taking place in two different locations - the Foothills Campus as well as the main University of Calgary campus

International Development: From Theory to Practice

Date: Thursday, February 9

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Place:  Alberta Room, Dining Centre, University of Calgary

As the world adopts the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Calgary-based individuals are engaged in projects that are true representations of the goals in practice.

This event will feature stories and presentations by international development practitioners. Be inspired, get engaged and understand what international development looks like from the ground up. View poster


  • 10- 10:30 a.m. Aatif Baskandari, Engineers Without Borders
  • 10: 45 - 11: 15 a.m. Dr. Hieu Van Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
  • 11: 30 - 12 p.m. Zeeyaan Somani, Queen Elizabeth Scholar, University of Calgary
  • 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Nalini Andrade, University of Calgary International

Each speaker will discuss a different topic in this come and go event. Choose to attend one presentation or several, with 15 minute breaks between each presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

Opportunities in International Development

Date: Friday, February 10

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Place: Evans Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Are you interested in learning more about opportunities in international development? This event focuses on career pathways in international development and opportunities to engage in this sector. Sessions include information on preparing for and obtaining international development work, realities of working in the field, the value of study abroad and internships, and opportunities in academic and applied research. View poster

Session Schedule:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Internationalize your career - Presented by Liliana Gonzalez, Career Services and Virginia Rayner, Education Abroad Advisor

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Careers in international development - Presented by Dr. Lorne Jacques, Faculty of Social Work

Refreshments will be provided.

He Named Me Malala

Date: Friday, February 10

Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Place: Science Theatre 145, University of Calgary

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then-15 year old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Join us for the closing of IDW 2017 and be inspired to do your part in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals! View poster

Refreshments will be provided. Register for this event. 

International Development Week has been organized by University of Calgary International, Programs and International Development Unit. For more information on any of the events, please contact Nalini Andrade, Manager, International Development, at or 403.220.7051.